His­tory de­stroyed

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SYRIA

IS­LAMIC State ji­hadists have de­stroyed an “ir­re­place­able” statue of a lion in the an­cient city of Palmyra. Syria’s an­tiq­ui­ties di­rec­tor Maamoun Ab­delka­rim said the statue, known as the Lion of Al- Lat, was de­stroyed last week. “It’s the most se­ri­ous crime they have com­mit­ted against Palmyra’s her­itage,” he said. The lime­stone statue was dis­cov­ered in 1977 at the tem­ple of Al- Lat, a preIs­lamic Ara­bian god­dess, and dated back to the 1st cen­tury BC. IS cap­tured Palmyra, a renowned UNESCO World Her­itage site, from govern­ment forces on May 21.

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